Mitchell Beazley has scooped EastEnders actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner John Partridge's first cookbook, featuring dishes inspired by personal memories.
Described as a cookbook "with real difference and emotion", There’s No Taste Like Home will tell the actor’s own story of grief and recovery through food. It is born of out of a winning Masterchef menu inspired by his mother, who the star recently lost to Alzheimer’s.
Partridge, who now regularly appears at food festivals around the country, said: “Cooking the food from my past has helped me to live in the present. What a gift.”
Editorial director of the Octopus imprint, Eleanor Maxfield, acquired world rights from Clare Hulton. The book will be published in April 2020.
The publisher explained: “There’s No Taste Like Home is a collection of heart-warming, fuss-free and budget-conscious recipes that each promise to deliver a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and comfort. From easy Breakfast Doughnuts to fun Fish & Chip Tacos to a showstopping Black Forest Gateaux there really is something to satisfy every palette and suit all occasions no matter your skillset or budget. John has created this wonderful collection of recipes, drawing on all his favourite memories of food, menus and cooking, adding his own unique and creative twist to each dish.”
Maxfield said: “John is one of the most passionate, infectious personalities to come onto the food scene in a long time. He manages to capture that emotional connection with food we all relate to. Octopus are totally sold on his fuss-free cooking that taps into the heart of the nation: comforting, evocative and utterly irresistible. If his Lancashire hotpot doesn’t win you over, his Pina Margarita Trifle will.”